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Galaxy S20 to support Germany's electronic ID system

All News 17:04 July 23, 2020

SEOUL, July 23 (Yonhap) -- Samsung Electronics Co. said Thursday its Galaxy S20 smartphone will be the first mobile device to support Germany's national electronic ID system following its collaboration with German partners.

The South Korean electronics giant joined hands with the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), Bundesdruckerei GmbH, a leading German high-tech security firm, and Deutsche Telekom Security GmbH, a cyber-security specialist, to develop a security solution that allows users to securely store their National ID on their smartphone as an eID.

Germany plans to commence its eID system later this year.

This photo taken on April 29, 2020, shows Samsung Electronics Co.'s Galaxy S20 smartphones displayed at a store in Seoul. (Yonhap)

"All four partners developed a holistic security architecture centered around the foundation of smartphone security -- the hardware," Samsung said. "Thanks to a highly secure chip built directly into the phone, information can be stored locally on the device and gives users full control over their data."

Samsung said its Galaxy S20 lineup, comprised of the S20, the S20 Plus and the S20 Ultra, will be the first smartphones to comply with the BSI's eID security framework for sovereign use.

The Galaxy S20 series will be able to provide a "Substantial" level of services under the European Union's eIDAS regulation, which is designed to ensure EU citizens' use of their national eID across borders and prevent possible misuse of their IDs.


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